Vice Chancellor, Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) Professor Adebiyi Daramola has reiterated the importance of the Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme, (SIWES) to the career choice and development of students who partake in it.
Prof Daramola who stated this while addressing the 400 level students of the institution embarking on the six months mandatory industrial training for the 2016/2017 session explained that the scheme is aimed at producing competent indigenous manpower to drive the industries and our economy.
According to him, “SIWES is a Federal government programme which aims at synchronizing the theoretical training received by students in their respective institutions with the practical experience of working in real life situation. It is aimed at adding value to the training of students with the ultimate goal of producing competent manpower to drive the economy.” Professor Daramola also called on the students to create good impressions of themselves, their families and the university by being of good moral conduct.
“Character is germane to ones future. Therefore ensure you behave well. Handle your On assigned duties with the fear of God and be good ambassadors of your families and this great university. We have testimonies in the past of organisations recruiting our products because of their comportment during their industrial training. Some still wish to take more from FUTA. I enjoin you to vigorously pursue knowledge and skills that will place you ahead of others.”
He assured the students of management’s support during the training and challenged them to bring back outstanding performance and report which the institution is noted for.On his part, the area manager, Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Akure Area Office, Dipeolu Gloria charged the students to take advantage of the training to acquire skills and methods of work that are not available in their institution.
He also urged them to be well behaved. “Comport yourselves decently in your work places, obey constituted authorities and observe the safety measures in the organisations you find yourselves.”
Similarly, director, Industrial Training Unit, FUTA, Prof Zacchaeus Opafunso stressed the importance of the training to the students’ academics and future.